Meadville Tribune

September 6, 2013

'Farm Kings' enter demo derby at Jamestown Fair

By Keith Gushard
Meadville Tribune

JAMESTOWN — Three of the King brothers from the “Farm Kings” reality show on the Great American Country channel will participate in tonight’s demolition derby at the Jamestown Community Fair.

Brothers Joe, Tim and Pete King of Butler County will be in the derby, but just who will drive and who will be the pit crew still is to be determined, according to Pete, the youngest of the three.

“We haven’t quite figured it out yet,” Pete said with a laugh in a telephone interview Friday afternoon from Freedom Farms, the family’s Butler-area farm. “I’ll gladly do it.”

The three brothers founded Freedom Farms in 2009 and farm more than 200 acres, raising produce and livestock, according to the business’ website. Freedom Farms also operates three retail locations.

Jamestown was picked for the family’s debut in demolition derby for one simple reason, according to Pete.

“It’s the soonest one,” Pete said. “It looks like a good time and it’s something we’ve always wanted to do.”

A crew from Stage 3 Productions of Philadelphia, the show’s production company, will be on hand to film the action, according to Faye Burke, associate producer with the show.

The “Farm Kings” television show focuses on the Kings and their agricultural business. There are 10 King children: nine boys, Joe, Tim,  Pete, Dan, Luke, Sam, John, Paul and Ben; one girl, Elizabeth; and their mother, Lisa.

The footage from the Jamestown Community Fair is expected to air in a 2014 episode, Burke said.

“Farm Kings” is in its second season on the Great American Country channel, which is seen in Crawford County on Armstrong cable television’s Channel 484. The current season will end this month.

Fair officials are ecstatic the Kings are coming, according to Kathe Wilson, Jamestown Community Fair’s treasurer.

“It’s really a big honor for us at the fair,” said Wilson. “It gives us a wider audience because it’s a popular show. It’s great they picked a small town community fair like ours.”

However, one thing still has to be done before one of the King brothers gets behind the steering wheel in the demolition derby— that’s getting a suitable car.

“That’s something we’ve got to do tomorrow (today),” Pete King said.

Asked if the brothers weren’t cutting it close for the demolition derby, “Things just happen that way for us sometimes,” he said, chuckling.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

You can go

The demolition derby at the Jamestown Community Fair is at 6 p.m. today with the gates opening at 4 p.m. While fair admission is free, admission to the demolition derby is $7 per person.